Maine-based songwriter and contemporary folk artist, Tim Winchester was first introduced to the guitar at a young age by his father, a self-taught finger-style guitarist and avid music lover. Tim spent his early years tinkering around trying to emulate the sounds of his local guitar heroes and favorite musical influences. With a mix of formal instruction and self-study under his belt, Tim spent the next few years on stages experimenting with a variety of music genres.

 

Years later, Tim found himself both exhilarated and terrified by the rawness and intimacy of live acoustic performances and in 2016, after nearly a decade of not picking up the guitar, he timorously took his music from the living room to listening rooms and has curated a growing collection of heart-stirring songs ever since. An auditory palette of soothing and sorrowful colors, his music has been described as "atmospheric" and "an ethereal landscape of storytelling". 

Tim released his first full-length studio album, Into The Open in January 2021 during a lull in his performance schedule due to the pandemic. Co-produced by Winchester and Jason Phelps, Into The Open was recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Co. and mastered at Pat Keane Mastering in Portland, ME with Ellie Begin on cello/piano, Pete Morse on electric guitar, Jason Phelps on bass, and Janice O’Rourke on supporting vocals. 

Since releasing the album, Winchester has received growing recognition for his songwriting from respectable media outlets including 98.9 WCLZ’s “Music from 207” hosted by Aimsel Ponti and 106.3 The Bone’s “The Greetings From Area Code 207 Radio Hour” hosted by Charlie Gaylord.

Tim released his sophomore album, Northern Lights in August 2022. Co-produced by Winchester and Jason Phelps, Northern Lights was recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Co. and mastered at Pat Keane Mastering in Portland, ME with Pete Morse on electric guitar, Matt Christian on bass, Matt Desrosiers on drums, Devon Colella on cello, Jason Phelps on mandolin, John Jordan on harp and Janice O’Rourke on supporting vocals.

"Tim creates beautiful sound and an incredible vibe…a soundtrack for one's life. We want to claim him as our own Maine songwriter, masterfully crafting lyric and melody, but his music belongs to the world!" 

Patty Ritzo (The Barn at Smith Farm)

Winchester has a deep croon and an affection 

for quiet, ethereal arrangements, full of cello and breathy backing vocals."
Sam Pfeifle (The Portland Phoenix)

"Tim is a phenomenal singer-songwriter and performer treating his audience to engaging lyrics, music and storytelling. His songs create an experience of musical immersion leaving listening audiences captivated!"

John Bryson (Flourish-Arts)

The eight open-hearted, enthralling tracks on “Northern Lights” are soothing balms of halcyon vocals that have both warmth and depth. Winchester also proves his worth as a wordsmith throughout.
Aimsel Ponti (Portland Press Herald)